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The Usborne Academy
The Usborne Academy Week is an initiative to encourage a more diverse range of people to work in publishing
In 2018 we launched The Usborne Academy Week, which is an opportunity for eight people, from groups currently under-represented in publishing, to spend a week at Usborne and experience daily life in a range of different departments including editorial, design, marketing, production and rights.
The first year was a huge success so we did the same in 2019: providing central London accommodation for all eight Usborne Academicians, along with train fares from anywhere in the UK and a London travelcard for the week. We also paid the London Living Wage for the full 40-hour week.
Across the first two years of The Usborne Academy Week, we hosted 16 people who all reported having a really useful experience: leaving Usborne with a better understanding of what happens inside a publishing company, and more confidence to apply for a job in the publishing industry.
The Usborne Academy 8 from 2018 get a personal book signing session with author Holly Bourne
The Usborne Academy 2020 - a virtual experience
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we will be running a Virtual Usborne Academy Week this year.
Details of how this will work, and how to apply, will be confirmed soon. Sign up to our dedicated Usborne Academy newsletter to be the first to find out more.